Lake KissimmeeOsceola County

Lake Kissimmee is a 34,948-acre lake located 40 miles south of Orlando and 18 miles east of Lake Wales.

There are quite a few fish camps in the area. For further information on Lake Kissimmee or a listing of the fish camps, please contact the Kissimmee Fisheries office at (407)846-5300.

Fishhound External Website also offers a fishing forecast for the Kissimmee Chain External Website.

Current Forecast

As the searing temperatures from the summer months begin to fade, bass anglers will be offered more comfortable conditions in which to enjoy their passion during this period.  Under these more pleasant conditions, bass anglers should be able to enjoy some good action in and around the expansive native grass communities (maidencane and knotgrass) associated with the lake’s shoreline.  Anglers may want to direct their effort between Shady Oaks Fish Camp and the “Rocks” located at the lakes southern end of the lake near State Road 60.  Live bait (golden shiner) fished in this area, as well as, around vegetative communities associated with Brahma Island, Lemon Point, 27-Palms (South of Ox Island) and the Pig Trail should account for some good action.  Bass anglers who prefer using artificial lures need to give a spinnerbait (white skirt and single Colorado blade) a try.  Also, soft-bodied jerkbaits (watermelon or shad colored), swimbaits and crankbaits (shad imitations), minnow-type lures (black/silver or gold) and plastic worms (blue/black, red shad and junebug colored) should account for some line-testing action.

Although bluegill and redear sunfish (shellcracker) anglers will still be able to find concentrations of these fish using worms (red wigglers) and crickets, a gradual cooling of nighttime and water temperatures during these months will cause many anglers to turn there sights on the ever-popular black crappie (specks). The most common method anglers employ for these scrappy fighters is live bait (fathead minnow) fished under a slip-cork and weighted with a small split-shot sinker 3-4 inches above the hook. Anglers should find concentrations of specks drifting open-water in close proximity to vegetative communities (maidencane, knotgrass or hydrilla) associated with four large islands within the lake (Bird, Brahma, Rabbit and Grassy).  In the past, anglers have also had good success in North Cove and offshore of Kissimmee State Park.  Typically, the two-week period around the full moon phase (one week prior and one week after) will be the best times for anglers to try their luck.  Keys to success for many speck anglers will be to alter the depth of their baits and keep on the move until fish are found.  Besides live bait, small (1/8th-1/64th ounce) plastic-bodied or natural hair jigs or bettle-spins fished in and around native grasses and stands of water-lily should account for some excellent stringers of fish.  Green-, yellow- or white-colored baits will be good color choices.

FWC Facts:
While native to South America, peacock bass have been stocked in South Florida canals and have become a very popular game fish.

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